Ocean City Elementary Named a MD Blue Ribbon School

Ocean City Elementary Named a MD Blue Ribbon School
Posted on 12/18/2018
BALTIMORE, December 18, 2018 – Ocean City Elementary School was one of only six Maryland public schools selected today as 2018-19 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools. All six were selected as an Exemplary High Performing School, one of the U.S. Department of Education’s two categories. The schools honored by Governor Larry Hogan and Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools.

The schools are:

· Pinewood Elementary School, Baltimore County
· Mount Harmony Elementary School, Calvert County
· Urbana High School, Frederick County
· Clarksville Middle School, Howard County
· Glenarden Woods Elementary School, Prince George’s County
· Ocean City Elementary School, Worcester County

“Our most important obligation is to the next generation of Marylanders, which is why we want to recognize schools that are doing a great job of giving our kids the opportunities they need and the tools for success that they deserve,” said Governor Hogan. “Each of these outstanding schools are proof that with strong collaboration among dedicated educators, families, and communities we can close the achievement gap and give Maryland’s children hope for a better future. Congratulations to all of our deserving winners.”

“Creating an outstanding learning environment is no easy task; it requires students, teachers, staff, family members and the community to work together toward a common goal,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. “Maryland’s Blue Ribbon honorees and their communities build a strong support system, giving our students the tools they need to succeed. Congratulations to our Blue Ribbon Schools!”

The schools will be invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply to be National Blue Ribbon Schools. With underwriting and gift sponsors, each school will receive a Maryland Blue Ribbon Flag, a monetary prize, $1000 in office supplies, interactive technology equipment, and a school Congratulations Party. A dinner in Annapolis will be held in honor of the winning schools on March 11, 2019. On that date, each Blue Ribbon School will be honored by the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate.

Maryland’s Platinum sponsors for the Blue Ribbon program are BGE; Comcast; Microsoft; and NTA Life. Gift sponsors are: Mrs. Field’s/Joe Corbi’s Pizza; Rudolph’s Office Supply; Lifetouch Photography; and SMART Technologies, Inc.

Below is Ocean City Elementary's profile for the Blue Ribbon School programs:

Worcester County – Ocean City Elementary School
Principal: Mrs. Dawn Rogers
Superintendent of Schools Mr. Louis Taylor

Ocean City Elementary School achieves with an average of 76% of students meeting or exceeding expectations in Math and English Language Arts on the PARCC exams. Kindergarten Readiness Assessments showed 79% of its students to be kindergarten ready for the 2018/19 school year. Also, 77% of the school’s ELL students made progress in achieving English Language Proficiency per ACCESS 2.0. The school has partnered with a local hospital and the University of Maryland Center for Health Literacy to develop health literacy standards and lessons that are now shared throughout the county, and this program has been presented at National Conferences. The School is proud of its Stand Up, Speak Up program that encourages students to have courage for themselves, empathy for others and tolerance for all. The OC Stars, a music performance group at the school, has also delighted the community for nearly 3 decades.